International Dementia Academy South Asia
Who is the course for?
Dementia is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and nearly 60% live in low-middle income countries. In many countries, dementia is not well recognised nor managed. The impact of families and carers is significant.
We invite clinicians based in Bangladesh & India to apply for this specialised course to increase their clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia in their country.
This course is ideal for doctors working with older adults who are at risk of dementia or who may have developed dementia. This includes specialist registrars or consultants in old age psychiatry, care of the elderly or neurology, as well as internists and general practitioners (GPs).
From this course, delegates will gain:
An introduction to the clinical syndrome of dementia, its epidemiology and risk factors
An understanding of the clinical aspects of diagnosis of people at different stages of dementia
An introduction to assessment tools for cognitive, functional, and behavioural impairment
Case-based discussions of different types of dementias
An introduction to treatment and management of dementia (medication and non-medication-based)
Discussions of care pathway planning for people living with dementia, including information and support for family carers
An understanding of community support services such as day care and residential care
Last updated: 28 June
What is expected of delegates?
This is a virtual course, conducted online via a mixture of interactive and self-directed learning. Delegates will be expected to:
Complete each module of the course, provided monthly and comprising a video session and additional reading
Complete a short self-assessment at the end of each module
Attend the live sessions and participate actively in the discussion
Undertake a small service development project over the course of 5 months around the topic of dementia
Present their service development project in the final class meeting between the 15th and 20th of December (exact date TBC)
Course leaders will be mentors to students throughout the course and for 6 months after the course to support development of dementia services. Course material will be in English. Interactive sessions will be English and Bengali.
The course will be run over 5 months, from 1st August - 24th December 2022.
Self-directed learning material will be sent to delegates at the start of each month.
Each month a 90 minute online live interactive teaching session will be conducted with course leaders and delegates via zoom.
How do I apply?
The deadline for applications is 24 July 2022. Please click the "Register now" button and complete our registration form.
The course is sponsored via an educational grant from ESTHER Ireland and is being run in partnership with Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Alzheimer Society of Bangladesh, Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Lund University. This sponsorship enables delegates to attend free-of-charge. A small stipend will be offered to support the development of each delegate’s service improvement project.
ChairProf Iracema Leroi
Associate Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin & Faculty, GBHI
SpeakersDr Mathew Varghese
Senior Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India Dr Clara Domínguez Vivero
Clinical Neurologist, Galician Health Service, Pontevedra, Spain, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI Dr Irina Kinchin
Health Economist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, Global Brain Health Institute Dr Raisul Islam Khan
Specialist in Geriatric & Gerontology, Stockholm Dr Yaohua Chen
Neurologist, Geriatrician, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI Dr Joseph Kane
Academic Clinical Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast Prof Suvarna Alladi
Professor of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India & regional mentor, GBHI Dr Kavitha Perumparaichallai
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute Tomás León
Psychiatrist, Memory Clinic Hospital del Salvador, Chile, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI Alison Holden
Specialist Occupational Therapist in Dementia Care and Memory Assessment Services, NHS England Dr Robert Briggs
Consultant geriatrician, St James's Hospital, Dublin Dr Sanjib Saha
Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Trinity College Dublin Dr Sridhar Vaitheswaran
Assistant Director & Consultant Psychiatrist, Dementia Care in SCARF (DEMCARES), Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India) – SCARF, Chennai, India Nicky Taylor
Artist and Researcher Dr Shahriar Faruque
Psychiatrist, Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital, Bogura, Bangladesh Dr Soumya Hegde
Geriatric Psychiatrist Azizul Haque
Founder of Alzheimer Society of Bangladesh Dr Jayashree Dasgupta
Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
Promoting prevention, supporting management
Led by proactive clinicians determined to see improvement in the way we prevent, diagnose and manage dementias, Dementia Academy supports healthcare professionals with the latest tools, resources and courses to do just that.